I was reading the book “The Passion Test” over the weekend and there was a line in there that really struck me: “Clarity is required for success.”
It sounds basic and yet it is the downfall of many well-intentioned people. Setting a goal is one thing, but you also need to take action in order to achieve it. If you don’t know exactly where you are going and how to measure your success, it’s difficult to know which actions to take in order to get there.
Having the goal to make more money is one thing, but having the goal to make $250,000 a year is another. And then there important questions like: Why do you want this goal? What will it give you? Do you want more money so that you can enjoy time off? Is so, what would you do with that time? Travel, work on your yard, spend time with your family?
So, how do you ensure your goal is clear enough?
- Make sure it’s YOUR goal. This sounds basic but I see lots of people who set the goals they think they should, versus the ones that actually excite them. How do you know if it is your goal versus that of someone else? It should excite you and be easy to visualize. If you are stressed out by your goal at all, chances are it either belongs to someone else or you want it for the wrong reasons.
- Make it measurable. Want to take more time off? Exactly HOW much time off do you want to take? Write it down in days or weeks.
- Know what your life will look like once you have it. Part of a successful goal is knowing why you want it. How will your life be different once you have it? If your goal is to make more money, how will you live your life differently once you have it? You should be able to get a clear picture in your mind of what it will be like.
- Make it fun! This goes without saying but if it isn’t fun, don’t do it! There is nothing worse that working your butt off for something you don’t even like. If it’s not fun, chances are you will not see it through.